-Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Celtics, scored 26 points apiece as Boston routed the Lakers 131-92 to capture their record 17th NBA title.

Boston's Paul Pierce averaged 22 points, six assists and 4.5 rebounds in the finals to earn the Celtics' first finals MVP award since Larry Bird.

Boston is 9-2 in finals appearances against the Lakers following Tuesday night's 131-92 victory that gave the Celtics their record 17th NBA title. Boston's 39-point win surpassed the NBA record for the biggest margin of victory in a championship clincher; the Celtics beat the Lakers 129-96 in Game 5 of the 1965 NBA finals.

Boston won its NBA-record 17th title by playing its record-setting 26th game this postseason Tuesday night, beating the Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Boston went from 24-58 in 2006-07 to an NBA-best 66-16 regular-season record and its 17th NBA title, routing the Lakers 131-92 Tuesday night.

The Lakers had won their previous eight straight Game 6s in the finals before Tuesday night's 131-92 loss that gave Boston its record 17th NBA championship.

Boston went 48-7 at home, including 13-1 in the postseason to earn its record 17th NBA championship. The Celtics beat the Lakers 131-92 in the decisive Game 6 Tuesday night.

With 18 steals against the Lakers in Game 6 Tuesday night, Boston broke the finals record of 17 by Golden State in 1975. The Celtics won their 17th NBA championship with a 131-92 victory.

Boston had its regular starting lineup for Tuesday night's deciding Game 6 of the NBA finals after Ray Allen's delayed return from Los Angeles and Kendrick Perkins' progress from a shoulder injury. Allen took an overnight flight to Boston after spending extra time with his youngest son, who underwent medical tests in the Los Angeles area after feeling ill. The Celtics won 131-92 to earn their 17th NBA title.

SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett testified Tuesday that he remained committed to finding a new arena in the Seattle area before last season - even as e-mail circulated among team co-owners portraying how eager they were to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City. Bennett is trying to move Seattle's oldest professional sports franchise to his hometown two years before the KeyArena lease expires. The city is asking a federal judge to force the Sonics to honor their lease. The six-day trial is scheduled to end June 26.

``Just from watching other sports and throughout the years, all the championships that were won, I was like, 'Hey, what's a championship without a splash of Gatorade. I looked up, and nobody thought of it, so I said, 'Hey, at the 4:00 mark we're going to get him,' when I knew we had the game sealed.'' - NBA finals MVP Paul Pierce on dousing Boston coach Doc Rivers near the end of Tuesday night's decisive 131-92 victory over the Lakers.

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